Yesterday I accomplished my goal of reading 50 books in 2012. Several years ago I started keeping a list of books as I read them, mainly just as a way to remember what I had read and be able to assign titles to the random bits of fiction floating around in my head. Two years ago I set a kind of random goal of 30 books and read 37, then having made that, last year I set it at 40 and ended up with 43. So this year I went for 50. The only real effect on my reading was pushing me to move right on to the next book every time I finished one instead of savoring it for a few days, which I am not sure I always like. For 2013 I have decided to drop the number goal and have instead set my sites on getting all the way through Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. I got about half way through it in 1997 and have always wanted to try again. After that I think I will try something else new to me and re-read some of my favorites, like the The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: A Novel by Susanna Clarke.
Below is my list of books I read in 2012 (in reverse order), an eclectic mix ranging from science fiction to mystery to humor to classics.
-Books I read in 2012-
Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow (50! Goal met!) – I enjoy Doctorow’s writing. This one is a good story with a strong message, but at some points the story was a bit too thin and the message was a bit too heavy, coming across as a little preachy. While I agree with it overall, this is a very one sided take on a complicated issue.
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente – A fun, if frivolous, fantasy adventure
The Well at the World’s End by William Morris
Off the Grid (A Monkeewrench Novel) by P. J. Tracy
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami – An intriguing modern fantasy. I felt it was longer than necessary in places, but overall an enjoyable read that gave me a lot to think about.
Jingo by Terry Pratchett
The Heart of the Serpent: Soviet Science Fiction by Ivan Yefremov and Strugatsky Arkady